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November 28, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Bob WRIGHT, the chairman of NBC Universal, has a theory about his prize employee, Brian Williams, who this week will become the face of the nation's top-rated newscast. "Early on in his broadcast career," Wright mused recently, "somebody sat him down and said, 'If you don't act serious all the time, people won't take you seriously.' And that gave him a picture of himself in the back of his mind...."
August 20, 2004 | David Bauder, Associated Press
If the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood could be counted on, Steve Capus might not be in Athens now. Instead, he's part of a force of 250 NBC News employees at the Olympics, serving in the unique role of "news producer in waiting" if a major nonsports story breaks out. It's his job to take over NBC's broadcasts from sports producer Dick Ebersol in the event of a terrorist attack or other big story. It's a role no one wants him to fill.
June 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
With Tom Brokaw's exit from NBC's "Nightly News" nearing, the ratings race between his program and ABC's "World News Tonight" is heating up. Last week, they finished in a virtual dead heat, according to Nielsen Media Research. "Nightly News" won the important May sweeps in total viewers, its 21st sweeps win out of the last 22. But ABC was crowing about a victory among viewers ages 25 to 54, for the first time since 1996. Last week, the two broadcasts averaged 8.72 million viewers (6.
May 10, 2004 | David Bauder, Associated Press
Every week or so, a handful of NBC News executives meets to plot the schedule of a man who usually isn't in the room. They're planning for an epochal event in the world of television news, when Brian Williams takes over for Tom Brokaw on Dec. 2 as the anchor of NBC's "Nightly News." If only it were as simple as switching a nameplate over a door.
May 8, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen
CNBC is canceling its nightly newscast hosted by John Siegenthaler, the latest move in the network's overhaul of its evening lineup to feature more entertainment. The program's last day will be May 14; it will be replaced by a Monday rerun of "Meet the Press" and "Cover to Cover." The news staff will be reassigned within NBC News, while Siegenthaler, long a rising star at NBC News, will become a special correspondent on "NBC Nightly News." Elizabeth Jensen
March 2, 2004 | David Bauder, Associated Press
Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather ... and Jon Stewart? Readers over 30 might scoff at Stewart's inclusion, assuming they know who he is. For many under 30, the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is an important news source. A poll released this year by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 21% of people ages 18 to 29 cited "The Daily Show" and "Saturday Night Live" as sources of presidential campaign news.
February 22, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
New Hampshire primary night, of all nights, should see Tom Brokaw at the center of the action. Instead, while a couple of hundred employees of NBC News and affiliated networks are fielding phones and typing away at laptops at the nearly 12,000-square-foot work space in the downtown Manchester Holiday Inn, Brokaw and a handful of producers are five miles away at the Bedford Village Inn, standing in an 18-foot-square box set up on the lawn.
July 4, 2003 | From Reuters
The U.S. government will launch a nightly news broadcast to Iran on Sunday to provide information to Iranians opposed to their conservative leaders, a spokeswoman for the Voice of America said Thursday. The half-hour TV program will be available across Iran by satellite from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time, said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named. The Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs U.S.
April 15, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Sometime this week, Iraqis with television reception will turn on their sets and see a parade of new faces delivering the evening news: Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Jim Lehrer and Brit Hume. The news package -- which will include nightly programming produced by Arab journalists in Washington and the Middle East -- is part of an ambitious effort that White House officials say will show Iraq what a free press looks like in a democracy. "Iraq and the World," funded by the U.S.
April 5, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
With the Iraq war in its third week, 95% of Americans say they are following news coverage closely and 61% generally approve of the way the media are covering the conflict, according to the Los Angeles Times poll. In a sign of changing times, nearly 70% say they are getting most of their information about the war from all-news cable channels such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
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